Numbers Chapters 1-8 Questions and Answers
Verna Continues Her Bible Study with Numbers Chapters 1-8
In Numbers 1:3 you had to be 20 years old to fight? Yes, you had to be at least 20 years old before you could go to war.
In Numbers 1:47-51 why were the Levites not counted? The tribe of Levi had a special service and that was to serve not as soldiers but as priests. The Levites were to attend to the matters of the tabernacle and nothing else.
In Numbers 2 does anyone know why God wanted the tribes of Israel to be specifically placed in the specified places? God is a God of order. Some tribe were larger than others. The largest number of people were placed on the south side, the groups on the east and west had about the same number of people and the smallest group of people were on the north side. Looking at the placement from a bird’s eye view, this configuration made the sign of a cross.
In Numbers 3 why did God want the firstborn one month and up? When God killed the firstborn in the land of Egypt, He also set apart all the firstborn of His people. Now He choose those of the tribe of Levi to serve Him in the tabernacle.
In Numbers 4:1-15 why are they covering things in a certain way? Every time they moved – and the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness for 40 years – they had to pack up the Tabernacle and cover the furniture that was inside of it. These were very holy items. They had to be covered to keep the dirt and dust out and they also had to be covered to keep the common people from seeing and wanted to touch these holy items.
In Numbers 4 why number the sons of people? The numbering here was not only counting the specific number of the men of the tribe of Levi who were between the ages of 30 and 50 but also this severed as an order to those men that they were chosen for this particular and special service.
In Numbers 5:12 what does “wife go aside” mean? This refers to a wife being sexually unfaithful to her husband.
In Numbers 5 what was to be done to the man that strays from his wife with another woman? He was to be killed. This is recorded in Leviticus 20:10-14: “And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death. And the man that lieth with his father’s wife hath uncovered his father’s nakedness: both of them shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. And if a man lie with his daughter in law, both of them shall surely be put to death: they have wrought confusion; their blood shall be upon them. If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.And if a man take a wife and her mother, it is wickedness: they shall be burnt with fire, both he and they; that there be no wickedness among you.”
In Numbers 6:2 why did they have to separate from the Nazarite? The Nazarite separated himself (or even herself) from some pleasures and usually separated themselves from ordinary occupations so that he could more wholly serve God. This vow was not usually for their entire lifetimes, it was usually for a shorter period of time. However the judge Samson and the prophet Samuel were both dedicated by thier mothers to be Nazarites even before they were born.
In Numbers 7:9 why did they not give anything to Kohath? The oxen and the wagons were given to the tribes of Israel who helped move the tabernacle. But the sons of Kohath had the responsibly of manually carrying the vessels of the tabernacle. These were special and were to be carried by hand, not entrusted to wagons.
In Numbers 7 it was for 12 days for the 12 tribes of Israel. But Kohath is not a tribe of Israel. No, Kohath is then of a family of the tribe of Levi. And in Numbers 7: 10-88 one man from each tribe, a prince, brought an offering to the LORD.
In Numbers 8 they purified the Levites. Actually, Moses cleansed the Levites. Because the Levites had such a holy work, they were closest to the presence of God as they did the priestly work of the tabernacle and helped with all of the offerings, they had to be cleansed before they could start this very important work in the service of a holy God.
Why did the Levites have to be purified? The Levites had to be cleansed with the water of purifying according to God’s orders in order to be able to serve Him. They were mere humans in the holy service of a holy God.
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